With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Puckrin's Soccer Shop's father-and-son team of Alan and Glenn Puckrin equips players of all ages with a variety of soccer gear. A wide brand selection is available, such as Diadora shin guards with sleeves ($15.99), Diadora soccer socks ($9.99), and Calle street soccer balls ($29.99) for impromptu scrimmages during morning traffic jams. For miniature and growing strikers, junior soccer cleats and turf shoes ($22.99–$39.99) protect feet, aerate topsoil, and idolize full-grown adult cleats ($39.99–$219.99), both available in varying colors and brands such as Diadora, Umbro, Lotto, Joma, and Kelme. Puckrin's Soccer Shop puts stylish players at ease with goalkeeper gloves ($9.99–$49.99) in brands such as Sondico or Reusch, as well as sleek soccer shorts ($19.99), which serve as a modest transitional outfit from field to steakhouse.
Walk-In Chiropractic's licensed back whisperer eschews appointments and makes careful adjustments that help destress any overworked human chassis that wanders into the office. Because each back carries its own special story, Walk-In Chiropractic customizes the treatment to suit every spine's special needs.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.
Swan Lakes Golf's majestic green turf and adrenaline-pumping batting cages provide a verdant playground of orb-pulverizing family fun. Championize chipping skills on the 18-hole putting greens (a $7 value per person), or show off big talent on the vibrant 18-hole miniature golf course (up to a $5 value a person), populated by pint-sized alligators perching on golf-club handles and hat brims. Professional flyswatters can practice air-slicing assaults in the batting cages (a $2 value per person), with heavy hitters taking their best swings at 25 pitches propelled from baseball-belching machines with varying difficulty levels.
While the walls’ crimson mosaic tiles glitter in the sunlight that filters in through large windows, CherryBerry’s guests pump out rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and lounge on puffy, mod-style furniture. With each creamy bite, it becomes more evident that the yogurt was made from all-natural ingredients: the strawberry contains tiny chunks of fruit, and the chocolate’s rich flavor could never have come from a powdered mix.
With more than 50 fruit, nut, and candy options overflowing from its bins and canisters, the topping bar plays home to fresh berries and healthful granola as well as candy-coated chocolates and sprinkles. Like a tag-team dance-off at the U.N., the yogurt itself features four types of live and active cultures, all of which aid in digestion. Low-fat, fat-free, and gluten-free flavors abound, as do sorbet options with no dairy and Splenda-sweetened yogurts with no added sugar.